Barck and family left Germany last summer for a new home on the idyllic La Reunion Indian Ocean island, which gifts the album its ambiguous title as well as a theme of new beginnings and fusion. It is here where he has been progressively guiding his solo album ‘Reunion’ through to completion for the past year.
The Indian Ocean, the life on an island and its forces of nature have influenced Barck musically. 'Oh Africa' is more than inspiration though. It’s the actual processing of the native Maloya and Séga sounds which Barck learned about and came to appreciate at his weekly residency at Potiron’s in Saint Denis. It was at one of these Wednesday nights that he met Christine Salem, probably the most famous singer of La Reunion. She soon became a friend and one of the results of this musical fellowship is 'Oh Africa'. The track is a tribute to Barck’s temporary adoptive home and a declaration of love to a whole continent.
Alex Barck is a founding member of the renowned DJ and producer collective Jazzanova, one half of the Prommer & Barck project and A&R manager for record label Sonar Kollektiv.